Initiativ Liewensufank – Activities over the past months
Initiativ Liewensufank Luxemburg member of the IBFAN network has been very busy these last months. They have sent comments to the national government’s draft plan to implement the Stockholm Convention on POPs.
Initiativ Liewensufank has also been active in campaigning with a group of like-minded NGOs ”Meng Landwirtschaft” in Luxemburg for a “healthy “ agriculture that is not putting the health of farmers and consumers especially pregnant and breastfeeding women and children at risk. At a protest meeting Maryse Arendt spoke on these topics to the public. A conference and a publication on agriculture are planned.
Furthermore, they have sent a statement against the EU glyphosate extension to Ministers in Luxembourg and are planning to send comments to the national draft action plan on pesticides.
IBFAN aims to promote, protect and support breastfeeding and infant feeding as well as a trusted network in support of Governments and civil society alliances/social movements. It focuses on action against toxic chemicals such as BPA which has been classified as an endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). BPA mimics the female hormone estrogen and thus acts like an artificial hormone in our bodies, causing altered hormone levels which can affect male fertility.
IBFAN is concerned that sales and the promotion of polycarbonate feeding bottles containing BPA, and tin cans of formula lined with epoxy resins, are unrestricted in many countries. Therefore it is calling for coordinated international action to protect against these chemicals – an international UN Framework Convention on Chemicals and Waste Management in the same way that there is a WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The WHO has taken up the issue of chemicals and waste management in the health care sector during the recent World Health Assembly, so there will be further developments to follow.
More information on the call to action available here.
Originally posted on 1 July 2016